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Red River Valley (1936)

Gene and Frog set out to find out who has been causing the accidents at a dam construction site.


B. Reeves Eason


Stuart E. McGowan (screenplay), Dorrell McGowan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog
Frances Grant ... Mary Baxter
Boothe Howard Boothe Howard ... Steve Conway
Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy ... Mike
Champion ... Gene's Horse
Sam Flint ... George Baxter
George Chesebro ... Bull Dural
Charles King ... Sam
Eugene Jackson Eugene Jackson ... Iodine
Edward Hearn ... Sheriff Ed
Frank LaRue ... Moore - Banker
Ken Cooper ... Long - Henchman
Frankie Marvin ... Becker - Henchman (as Frank Marvin)


One of Gene Autry's early Republic westerns, the film has plenty of action and songs by Autry and Burdette, along with other musical novelty acts. Gene and his friend Frog help the valley's irrigation company solve the mystery of who's behind the terror tactics of those fighting the dam. In the process, they become implicated in a payroll robbery and must clear their names while pursuing the real robbers and trying to save the dam for the valley's drought-ravaged landowners. Written by Dale Roloff

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Action | Music | Western


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There are over 100 songs with the title "Red River Valley," virtually all based on the public domain, 19th century version that is often played by country-western artists and in movies. It is almost impossible to pinpoint any one version, but in this case the version used was published in connection with this movie (a picture of Gene Autry and scenes from the movie on its cover) and was written by Nick Manoloff. The music sounds identical to the traditional version, but the lyrics are slightly modified. See more »


Gene Autry: If you walk out now, you'll ruin the valley. Everybody will lose their homes, farms. You'll get your money! Baxter's arranging for a loan now and he'll be here to tell you himself.
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Fetch Me Down My Trusty '45
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
Sung by Smiley Burnette
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Gene and Frog Fight the Dam Busters
14 April 2019 | by frank4122See all my reviews

I loved this early Gene Autry action packed western. The music of course is wonderful and Smiley adds a doozy of his own. The singing cowboy is not only interested in saving the dam but he has a love interest in Mary Baxter played by the beautiful Frances Grant. Dancer and dance teacher Eugene Jackson who was signed by Hal Roach in the Our Gang series, has a great dance scene that can't be missed. Dancing, singing, love, and great riding and shooting make Red River Valley one of my favorite Singing Cowboy films.

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Release Date:

2 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man of the Frontier See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Dam, Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$75,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(2004 restoration) | (re-edited version) (edited) (re-edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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